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05-01-2006, 10:12 AM
I am hoping someone has some good advice for me. I have been raw for one week. I have had a terrible sinus headache all week. I get light headed alot and my stomach usually has a funny feeling in it. (Kind of a sick feeling) I got the syptoms right away so I don't think that I can detox that much so fast. I am also very very tired. I am just looking for the enery that will get me thru the day. I eat mostly fruits in the morning,bananas are the most common. I will admit that I haven't been eating alot of saled. I just can't find a dressing that I like. I snack on nuts (which seem to make my stomach worse) In the evening I usually have another kind of fruit. I do try to get in a little salad a day. My father is a diabetic, although I have never shown any symptoms to this, am I feeling this way because of the sugar in the fruit? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
05-01-2006, 10:25 AM
I always get that weird feeling in my stomach, too, when I'm trying to be completely raw. It's an almost-sick but not quite panicky feeling like I need to eat something, but it isn't quite hunger, either. It's very, very annoying and has made me reach for a baked or roasted potato more than once. Sadly (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) the potato always helps instantly.
Three of us so far are dealing with this.....can anyone help??
05-01-2006, 10:29 AM
Detox CAN happen that fast! :)
Once you let go of whatever foods from your diet that may have been either contributing TO or stifling things, your body is going to react.
You're also experiencing withdrawals from whatever foods you were once eating (most likely what is causing the headache). In another thread I just read a moment ago, someone mentioned how when people stop drinking coffee, sometimes only hours later they began to get withdrawals from the caffeine. So it definitely is possible.
Also keep in mind that your body is making some MAJOR adjustments going from cooked food or SAD food to raw...it has to get used to the lighter feeling of raw foods just as someone who goes from eating meat to being a vegan goes through this as their body adjusts to the lighter feeling of being meat-less from having that heavy meat.
As for the salads...you want to get your greens in so try green smoothies (fruit smoothies with greens such as kale, baby spinach, green leaf lettuce, chard, etc.) blended in with it. If you're not accustomed to drinking these, start off with small amounts of greens and then work your way up.
I know the first week or so, I also had that light-headedness, headaches, etc....but it WILL pass if you perservere!
Just make sure you're eating enough also. It's just one of those things we go through to get to the real healing...your body will break down in order to rebuild. It doesn't always happen and everyone's experiences are different, but it's a necessary "evil"!
Hope you press through it so you can get to the other side where you feel MARVELOUS!! :)
Please visit the section entitled "Need to know more about raw" and read the article Alissa posted about detox from her book! That'll explain some things as well!
05-01-2006, 01:36 PM
Rawkinlocs has some really good advice. It's possible it could just be detox. I know for me when I first started and am still battling with the lightheadedness thing, I had to limit my fruit and grain consumption. I still do actually. I can only have a few pieces of fruit a day or a small smoothie. Or maybe a small bowl of grain cereal and no fruit that day. It's just too much sugar for my body to handle. For a while I did eliminate all fruit and grains for about 2-3 weeks until i felt like the light headedness was gone. That seemed to really help. Now I eat mostly greens and veggies with a little fruit and a few nuts. My body's still adjusting to things and can't digest certain things very well. Hope things get better for you soon. Lightheaded is not fun.
05-01-2006, 01:43 PM
I find that if I eat too much of anything, except fruit, that I may get off balance, like too many nuts in one day, or too much fats.
So, I try to eat fruits, veggies, greens each day, then I also try to get in fats and minerals too.
05-01-2006, 02:06 PM
I don't know, but wheatgrass may help with some or your symptons. If notthing else give you the energy you are craving
05-01-2006, 07:50 PM
Thanks for the info. I will try and increase my veggies and greens. The smoothies sound good. Rawkinlocs thanks for the info on detox. I hope that this will pass soon.
05-02-2006, 11:59 AM
I am on day 8 and had headaches and nausea on days 3,4,5 & 6. Now I have slight headaches every now and then but they seem to go away quick. And I feel energetic sometimes and really tired others. I'm sure it's detox, this is such a huge change from my SAD diet. We both need to hang in there and I'm sure we'll feel better and better!
05-03-2006, 09:09 AM
When I fisrt went raw in Jan. I was at a health instute with my sister I started detox real quick I felt sick and had a headache and I smelled it was awefull but by the end of the week everything was getting back to normal.
I founddrinking more water helped.
05-03-2006, 09:55 AM
Funny, I am ( and have many times before ) experiancing that light headedness, kinda paniky hunger feeling, like I need to grab some fries and a shake immediately or I'll just pass out, LOL.
Although, I can laugh because I know it's detox in action. Earlier this morning, my nose was stuffed up causing a slight head ache reaction between my eyes. Therefore, my eyes felt heavy and sleepy, as though they were demanding that I sleep the morning away. However, I've too much energy to snooze away the day.
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